“Long live the little Difference“
“Long live the little Difference“by Eva Herrmann | 25.04.2011
From “No exaggerations, please“, “Holy Grail and cauldron“, “Lonely inside the pressure cooker“, “Soccer from out of the tupperware container“, “The wall is round“, “The building is round“ to ”Munich is attracted by a rubber boat“ there was something for everyone to read in German newspapers before the Allianz Arena was opened in 2005.
Plenty of time to recall the past few years and to take a critical look at “Nothing but the green of the lawn, the blue of the sky”.
A look at the current Bundesliga table is rather disillusioning, the Bavarians are not really good at aiming, and the Lions had to get support from a sheik. There's something fishy here. But dare you see the reason for this in the umpteenth lawn set, the not functioning light just in front of the check-out building or the steep rows of those 69,000 seats. Since one year after the opening ceremony the Allianz Arena still stands in all its glory.
Timeless and elegant, a soothingly shining signet preparing for landing in Munich – home is where the heart is. The transparent façade consisting of air cushions shines in white, blue or red, depending on who's playing. A highlight that is still at the top of each tourist trip, even after all those years. Yes, I'm a female being and neither really interested in soccer nor particularly up-to-date – but the Arena simply is a smasher. A trip to the stadium starts off with the obligatory masses of people making their way from the underground station via many narrow footpaths on top of the six-story car park tucked beneath rows of plants.
Once you have gotten past the entry controls, the way is free on the generous esplanade on which the whole stadium can be circled looking for the right bleachers section. From the all gray entrance level many narrow stairs made of fair-faced concrete lead up to the steep rows of seats. Fantastically staged you first have to get past a narrow gorge to then get overrun by the presence of the cauldron with all its might. And here there is nothing but soccer.
Gray seat shells on bright fair-faced concrete seat rows, the spectacle grabs everyone, no matter where people come from – be it on the business seats of the boxes, the bleaches or the standing rooms of the fan curves. The ball goes in the net.
And before the match is after the match. That's why you have the possibility to hold meetings and presentations inside those 106 boxes also during off-season, apart from 28 kiosks, restaurants and megastores.
The one who ascends on the continuing stair cascades moves along the 2,760 air-filled cushions made of 0.2mm thick EFTE foil. An impressive experience that keeps fascinating people. “Long live the little difference“!
Herzog & de Meuron
Wettbewerb: 2001 - 2002
Ausführung: 2002 - 2005
Floor area: 171,000 sqm
Built-up area: 37,600 sqm
FC Bayern, TSV München 1860